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OUR VIEW: Thanks to all veterans for their service

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 11/10/2018 10:12:00 AM

The Lake Martin community is an incredible place to live. We’ve said that time and time again. While we are blessed with great scenery, abundant natural resources and an overall great quality of life

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Lions Club awards $15K to local causes

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 11/10/2018 7:51:00 AM

Russell Library, the Autism Society, BRHS Leo Club, Lake Martin Area Boys & Girls Club, Children’s Harbor, Disabled American Veterans – Bill Nichols Chapter, Lake Martin Animal Shelter, Meals on Wheel

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Another year of Renew Our Rivers cleans up shorelines of Lake Martin

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 11/6/2018 9:08:00 AM

This weekend was a great time to clean up — the lake that is. Several volunteers, along with the Lake Martin Resource Association, gathered at Wind Creek State Park and surrounding areas to continue t

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Harrell, Julie Rhett Sheppard

Opelika-Auburn News

Date: 11/3/2018 10:00:00 PM

May 23, 1938 October 27, 2018 Julie Rhett Sheppard Harrell of Dadeville, Alabama passed away on October 27, 2018. She was born on May 23, 1938 in Montgomery, Alabama, daughter of Joseph Augustus Shepp

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Stephens celebrates Renew Our Rivers with assembly

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 11/2/2018 10:44:00 PM

As the Lake Martin Resource Association holds its annual Renew Our Rivers cleanup today, the students at Stephens Elementary School held a special assembly Friday to remind the students how important

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• River: Tallapoosa River
• Length: 880 Miles
• Surface Area: 41,150 Acres
• Volume: 1,622,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 2,984 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 41 Feet
• Length: 31 Miles
Lake Martin is a man-made reservoir located in Tallapoosa, Elmore and Coosa counties in Alabama on the Tallapoosa River. It was formed by the construction of Martin Dam on the Tallapoosa River. The Martin Dam powerhouse is used to generate hydroelectric power for the Alabama Power Company. Construction on Martin Dam began in 1923 and was completed in 1926, creating what was at that time the largest man-made body of water in the world. Originally known as Cherokee Bluffs for the geological formation upon which it was built (which erroneously recognized the historic indigenous people of the area), the dam was renamed in 1936 in honor of Thomas Martin, the then-president of Alabama Power Company.

One of the largest man made lakes in the United States, Lake Martin is a popular recreation area for swimming, boating, fishing, water skiing, camping, and golfing. The Dixie Sailing Club operates on Lake Martin. Many waterfront neighborhoods and luxury homes are located on Lake Martin. The cities of Alexander City, Dadeville, and Eclectic are nearby.

Lake Martin hosts many events throughout the year, including fishing tournaments, a fireworks show on the Fourth of July, and the Alexander City Jazz Festival, an annual event every June in downtown Alexander City and at the Lake Martin Amphitheatre.

Lake Martin includes many popular attractions, including eagles nest, natural sand beaches, restaurants, camping areas and popular islands. The lake has several landmarks, such as the Kowaliga Bridge, and several marinas, but perhaps the most recognized landmark on the lake is Chimney Rock, a large rock formation that resembles a chimney. Chimney Rock is located several hundred yards away; the formation which most people call Chimney Rock is Acapulco Rock. The area was the Tallapoosa River gorge before Martin Dam was built, and the water is more than 150 feet deep. The spot is visited by thousands of boaters yearly, who park in front of "The Rock" to watch people climb up 60 feet and jump off into the water.

Lake Martin has become a weekend getaway for many of Birmingham, Montgomery and even Atlanta's elite.

Alabama has a lake of a similar name, the Logan Martin Lake on the Coosa River, but Lake Martin and Logan Martin Lake are not part of the same river system.
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